Monthly Archives: March 2016

“A Crazy Quilted Egg”!

What’s the biggest “egg” in the world? It happens that it is the “ostrich egg” average size of 6 inches in circumference to 5-1/2 inches long.  That is about how big this crazy quilted egg is!  The panels of this egg have been done for awhile but resisted putting it together until recently.   The pattern was from Valerie Bothell  a few years ago because I thought it would be cute and unusual to make one. It is a fairly simple pattern.  Of course adding my own touches which is what’s nice about crazy quilting (plus some odds and ends hanging about disappear).

The pictures show each panel plus a couple of the embellishments…..

  
Like the rabbit and carrot charms?…they come from Susan Clarke Originals. They make really cute buttons and charms and other things. 

  
Lots of ribbon embroidery, beading, and flower sequins. 

  The little duckling is a button from who knows where?  I figure it appeared  in my grandmothers button box long ago. Trims along the seams…It was fun picking them out…

  
See the small bird charm…cute things are nice….the buttons  are very old  and from some grandparent. Below is a closeup picture of the “beaded cabachon”  that is on the right of this picture. A little blurry  but fun to do. First you need to glue it on the fabric (EE6000) even though the beads tend to hold the cabachon in place…it is more secure if you glue it..Ask me how I know…you really do not want to lose you “cabachon”!!

  

Field Mouse Part 8

Darn..if I’ve been “overthinking” the “fur” on my mouse…! I have stitched and ripped and stitched and ripped! Soooo…I left it alone for a number of days. I have done this before but it seems when I leave a project alone for a few days I go back and am able to see it with a fresher perspective. Whilst I was waiting I decided to set up my embroidery “machine” to do some really neat “standing lace”. I will share about that later on.  Soooo…back to the mouse….I worked a bit more on the body and decided to just let the thread flow and as with other projects I have done it probably will come out nice…we shall see. I have to admit even though this is not the first animal I have done…it is one of the largest…so a challenge. I use a magnifying glass so the stitching looks “large”!  Then when I look at the project away from the magnifying glass things seem to blend together better. “Thank goodness”  to stare at a closeup is not normal for the average person.  Being critical of ones work is fine but trying to be objective about it is good too. So hold the project away from yourself  and you might just jump for joy at how beautiful it really looks!

Below is another part of the body… next I will be working on the rest of the wheat ear under the head…so then I can move on to the the arm and the rest of the body. Getting close..if I really focus maybe this project will get done in a few weeks..!